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Over 3,000 engaged with Maine Startup and Create Week, organizer says

Dylan Martin |

The inaugural Maine Startup and Create Week was a success and exceeded organizers’ expectations, chief organizer Jess Knox...

MaineWorks, Garbage to Garden among SCORE winners

Lori Valigra |

A temporary staffing company that uses veterans and others who face barriers getting hired and a company that recycles kitchen waste were among the success award winners at the...

First-ever Maine Startup and Create Week to showcase entrepreneurs and innovators

Dylan Martin |

When asked about the goal of Maine Startup and Create Week, organizer Jess Knox puts it eloquently: "To engineer serendipitous collisions between people, ideas and...

IDEXX workers using Portland Startup Weekend as training tool

Dylan Martin |

Portland’s third Startup Weekend begins this Friday, and it’s just not for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to get their feet wet. It can also be a training tool for...

Rockport market may finally get long-awaited expansion, thanks to sewer project

Dylan Martin |

Fresh Off The Farm, a popular local food market on Route 1 in Rockport, may finally get its long-awaited expansion after waiting more than 10 years for an essential town...

Maine's largest Small Business Administration loans


Frosty's Donuts expanding to 23 Hannaford stores, adding Gardiner location

Dylan Martin |

Frosty’s Donuts, an iconic doughnut shop in Brunswick, will have its fresh doughnuts served in up to 23 Hannaford supermarkets by the end of the year. The company, which...

Deadline looms for SBA disaster relief loans

Businesses, agricultural cooperatives and private nonprofits in seven Maine counties must submit applications to be eligible for disaster relief loans by the end of the...

Partnership with Bank of Maine puts focus on Gardiner's downtown

James McCarthy |

Take a walk with Nate Rudy through Gardiner's downtown district and you'll begin to see how an economic and community developer's mind works. At each empty storefront, he stops, quickly...

Validate your business idea


Do you have a business idea that you have been kicking around for a while, but don't know if it's a good opportunity? The first step to validating your idea is to give it more definition.